Designed as a broad introduction to the field, this module will provide an overview of the nature of conflicts and will explore that framework within the African context. Differences and similarities of African and other conflicts will be examined. Participants will study the origins of conflicts, systems theories, multi-cultural views on conflicts and the regionalization of conflicts in Africa. They will also learn about practical peacebuilding frameworks through case studies. African cultures will be examined as a source of conflicts and a resource for peace. Theories will be applied to case studies from Africa. Participants will focus on personal communication styles, interpersonal negotiation skills, and systemic analysis.